How railroad stop turned Tomball into one of Houston area's most close-knit cities

The city of Tomball began as a railroad town.

The city of Tomball began as a railroad town.


Tomball may be a bustling city now, but what people might not know is that it started out as a railroad stop.

"This was dairy farms, lumber, and then it became oil in the 1940s," said John Lockwood, a volunteer at the Tomball Railroad Depot Museum.

The historic museum is located in Old Town Tomball at 201 S. Elm St.

It is full of history and contains train memorabilia, original art, antiques and two highly detailed model railroads.

Back in the early 1900s, the city was called "Peck," named after a local train engineer.

But in 1907, the city was renamed "Tomball" after a man named Tom Ball.

If he sounds familiar, Ball is also the man who played a major role in the development of the Houston Ship Channel.

"He was a lawyer for the railroad," Lockwood said. "He became a representative for the state of Texas in Washington."

Passenger train service ended in the 1960s, but if you are a fan of Texas nostalgia, visitors can hitch a ride back in time by visiting the original train depot with a free tour.

To schedule a tour, click here.

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